Every new detail surrounding the upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan has heightened anticipation for the project. The latest attraction announced for the park may be the most exciting one yet. As Kotaku reports, the park will feature a giant replica of Howl's Moving Castle from the 2004 Hayao Miyazaki movie of the same name.
The monstrous structure the movie is named for is one of the most iconic creations in Miyazaki's filmography. When the site opens to the public, guests will have the opportunity to see a real-life version of it up close. The castle won't be quite as massive as the one that appears on screen, but at four to five stories tall, it will be an impressive addition to the park.
The Ghibli attraction is shaping up to be a must-visit destination for fans of the animation studio. The Howl's Moving Castle recreation will be located in the Witch Valley area, which will also showcase attractions based on Kiki's Delivery Service. Other areas planned for the park include Princess Mononoke Village, Ghibli's Giant Warehouse, the My Neighbor Totoro-inspired Dondoko Forest, and Springtime of Life Hill, which will spotlight Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns.
The Studio Ghibli park is being built in Nagakute, Japan. The site is already home to a replica of the house from My Neighbor Totoro, which was constructed for the 2005 World's Fair. After the initial 2020 opening was pushed back, the theme park is now set to welcome its first visitors in fall of 2022. Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley will open the following year.